Gonorrhoea is a highly infectious STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection) that is caused by the Neisseria Gonorrhoeae or Gonococcus bacteria. It affects both men and women, and can be passed on to newborn babies by their mothers during birth. The sexual health screening services of Broadgate Clinic London Wall afford a fast and convenient way for anyone living and/or working in London to obtain easy, timely access to both screening and treatment facilities.
Gonorrhoea in the UK
Gonorrhoea is one of the most common STI's here in UK. In the year 2012 of over 29,000 people were diagnosed with it. These figures could be just the tip of the iceberg because approximately half of the women infected with Gonorrhoea, and one in every 10 men, display absolutely no symptoms. Gonorrhoea is more prevalent in people aged between 20 and 24. In terms of demographics it is particularly common in men who participate in sex with other men, and anyone who lives in large towns and cities.
The causes of Gonorrhoea
It is often rumoured that gonorrhoea can be caught through certain social acts such as kissing and hugging. This is however not the case as the bacteria cannot survive long outside the human body. The most usual way of contracting Gonorrhoea is through sexual acts, including:
- Indulging in unprotected acts of either anal, oral, or vaginal sex
- By using unwashed sex toys (including vibrators) not fitted with condoms, and that have previously been used by other persons infected with gonorrhoea